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Can't hit the thumbs up button enough, Mike.

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Wait, are those really NICA rules!?

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Very well said Noah, and fully agree. I believe it was Graves who was once quoted at an enduro race saying something along the lines of. You get to choose the parts you put on your bike, parts you trust, you don't get to choose the wight of the bike using those...more

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My advice to people: do not weigh your bikes - unless you're trying to build up a hill-climb specific bike. There have been a lot of tests and studies about bike weight, and the consensus is, it doesn't matter nearly as much as people think it does. For some...more

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I have this conversation with a lot of customers. In the PNW, these are 2nd/3rd/etc bikes. If you want one rig for everything, most of these brands offer a 140mm 29er, which seems to be the sweet spot. Unfortunately, the 140mm completes typically come with a spec...more

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My 27.5 "Enduro" bike is proudly 37.4lbs with coil F&R suspension. My former 2020 SC AXS X01 Reserve Hightower was 34.3# with trail casing tires. Don't believe published weights.

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Jeff, slow people don't need heavy tires, strong wheels, or real brakes. This, in turn, makes their bikes much lighter.

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I think the issue is that we want our short travel bikes to be able to endure the same kind of trail abuse as our Enduro bikes for the most part. Manufacturers have recognized this, and while they are using smaller forks and slightly narrowrr wheels on these...more

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assegais may roll better than you think - https://youtu.be/je1UyJRYhIg?t=508

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Excellent content in my hometown. Saw a lot of Hawes there, but no SoMo?

Good stuff and good riding. Loving my Titan but that Phantom is making my pants move.

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Compound! Its everything!

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Totally agree on compound. I recently swapped one of my favorite tires, The Kenda Hellkat ATC for the AEC (trail vs. slow rebound enduro compound) and the difference is astonishing even with just the front swapped. My trails require too much pedaling to have to deal with a slow rolling tire.

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Added a comment about feature Bontrager Introduces a More Affordable WaveCel Mountain Bike Helmet 5/23/2020 5:34 AM
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Looks like it sits just as low on the head/forehead as the MIPS version and the strap around the back is possibly even lower. Just like the MIPS version this one would get pushed down over my eyebrows while looking up the trail. No go.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 5/21/2020 4:14 PM

I started riding BMX in '79, then racing in '84, and raced DH starting in '98, racing Pro from '02 to '12. I've obviously spent a large portion of my life riding flats. I definitely disagree with the DMR Vault, as there's no pins in the middle, where the ball of your foot and the most pressure...more

Added a comment about product review Aaron Gwin's New Kenda Pinner Tire - More Predictable Than Your Comments 5/11/2020 7:55 AM
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Can you compare them to the Hellkat? My current favorite...

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Added a comment about video Casey Brown is Extra Tough 5/7/2020 5:36 AM

Right on!!! Total badass! Brings the stoke like The Collective's flims!

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Added a comment about press release Privateer's New $3,075 Complete Bike 5/1/2020 5:16 PM
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Faster and faster is what I was into as well my friend. The fastest bike I've owned (non-dh) was a Mondraker Foxy 29. It was insanely fast downhill but sort of a bore anywhere else. It was also very harsh in the back end due to a very efficient suspension design and a forward axle path. I rode the Megatower and Bronson back to back for a week to decide which to buy. On a true DH track the Megatower would be faster most likely but I felt considerably more comfortable on the Bronson when turning. Especially and quick back and forth turns. If you want to go DH fast this Privateer looks like the ticket aside from a DH bike. The Canfield One.2 is especially interesting as well.

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Added a comment about press release Privateer's New $3,075 Complete Bike 5/1/2020 3:29 PM
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Nope, 5 years ago I jumped on the 29er train full force and drank the kool-aid until this year when I demoed a 27.5 and fell in love with riding all over again.

I am faster on the clock on my 2020 Bronson than I was on my 2020 Hightower. But I don't get paid to race so that DOESN'T MATTER AT ALL TO ME. I have more fun on the Bronson than I did on any 29er I've owen over the past 5 years. 7 of them actually.

Time on the clock actually doesn't matter at all unless you're getting paid to have the fastest time rather than the funnest time. I suppose if you base your self worth solely on your Strava leaderboard results then the clock matters to you.

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Liked a comment on the item Privateer's New $3,075 Complete Bike 5/1/2020 2:21 PM

I'm also 5'10 and don't like 29ers. I could do a mullet set up for sure, but some of us like to get low and squash stuff without buzzing our ass.

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I was faster on 29 until I went back to being a pilot rather than a passenger. At 5'8" I can be way faster downhill on an XL 29er until I have to turn. Those things are like toboggans! Hold on and ride it down. Now I like to be in total control and smaller wheels gives me that control. I find i have way more traction on flat corners with the smaller wheels. I think people mistake the passenger feeling that the ton of BB drop on 29ers gives for traction. Yeah yeah, everyone races 29ers. I think that's going to start to change one of these days.

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